MediaLab Katowice invited Kati Hyyppä and me to produce an installation for the Katowice Street Art Festival a few weeks ago. Since neither Kati nor me have any particular expertise in Street Art (my one and only graffiti really sucked when I looked at it the next morning), we suggested to make an installation which invites people on the street and makes professional artists out of them.
Today I got funny post from Moscow!
It is the latest issue of the Russian Popular Mechanics which does not only feature insightful reports about pedal powered quadcopters, guns and tanks, but also quite a long article about my work. Even though I am thrilled about this media fame, unfortunately I don’t understand any word of the article.
In case you do understand some Russian, here are the scans.
I’m in Katowice right now, where I’m presenting the brand new “Public Painting Machine” which I made in collaboration with Kati Hyyppä. Our installation is running since yesterday as part of the Katowice Street Art Festival and the locals obviously enjoy it a lot!
If you are in the area, come over and try it out! You can paint every day from 11AM to 1PM and from 2PM to 7PM. Next Saturday at 6PM we’ll finish the installation with a big art auction where we’ll sell all the paintings. You can find us here.
News that there’s happening something exciting spread rather quick across the city. The local TV station also heard about it and today they showed up in order to interview us. You can find the video here.
Stay tuned – a more elaborate documentation will follow soon!
But before you click on the documentation, I have a little appetizer for you:
Anne Euler and Carolin Liebl are working on an information distribution knot. The picture was taken at four o’ clock in the morning.
Carolin demonstrates a prototype for a mechanical NAND gate.
Jonas von Ronströms “Speedway PRO 1000” was the killer-app at our final presentation party.
Because building with cardboard is a lot of fun, I couldn’t resist to construct a device as well. Below is a video of my digital cardboard plotter.
You can find the full documentation of this machine here.
Guess what was in my snail mail today! A stack of little Critical Making magazines, all handmade by Garnet Hertz. I contributed to the “Projects” issue. Other authors are:
Mitch Altman (Noisebridge), Marie Bjerede, Julian Bleecker (Nokia), Albert Borgmann (U Montana), Jonah Brucker-Cohen (Parsons), Anne Burdick (Art Center), Daniel Charny (Royal College of Art), Ginger Coons (U Toronto), Critical Engineering Working Group (Julian Oliver, Gordan Savičić, Danja Vasiliev), Chris Csikszentmihalyi (Art Center), Carl DiSalvo (Georgia Tech), Dale Dougherty (Make Magazine), Paul Dourish (UC Irvine), Rob Duarte (Florida State University), Peter Flemming (Concordia), David Forbes, Alex Galloway (NYU), Benjamin Gaulon, Reed Ghazala, Ken Gregory, Esben Hardenberg, Natalie Jeremijenko (NYU), Daniel Jolliffe (U Ottawa), Brian Kane, Denisa Kera (National University of Singapore), Leonard Koren, Stephen Kovats, Stacey Kuznetsov (Carnegie Mellon), Golan Levin (Carnegie Mellon), Silvia Lindtner (UCI), Liz Losh (UCSD), Geert Lovink (Hogeschool van Amsterdam), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, John Maeda (RISD), Roger Malina (Leonardo / MIT Press), Michael Manalo, Matthew Manos, Richard Maxwell (CUNY), Toby Miller (UCR), Monochrom, Rebecca Niederlander, Mark Pauline (Survival Research Labs), Allison Powell (London School of Economics), Fiona Raby (Royal College of Art), Matt Ratto (University of Toronto), Real Rydaz Lowrider Bicycle Club, RideSouthLA (USC), Niklas Roy, Craig Saper, Phoebe Sengers (Cornell), Jay Silver (MIT), Scott Snibbe, Kristen Stubbs, Josh Tanenbaum (Simon Fraser), McKenzie Wark (New School), Patricia Watts, Norm White, Amanda Williams, and Kaiton Williams (Cornell)